Notice of Intent to Publish a Funding Opportunity Announcement for Undergraduate Research Training Initiative for Student Enhancement (U-RISE) (T34 Clinical Trial Not Allowed)
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Key Dates

Release Date:
December 21, 2020
Estimated Publication Date of Funding Opportunity Announcement:
February 17, 2021
First Estimated Application Due Date:
May 21, 2021
Earliest Estimated Award Date:
April 01, 2022
Earliest Estimated Start Date:
April 01, 2022
Related Announcements

PAR-19-218 - Undergraduate Research Training Initiative for Student Enhancement (U-RISE) (T34)

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National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS)


The National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS) intends to reissue PAR-19-218 "Undergraduate Research Training Initiative for Student Enhancement (U-RISE)" with minor modifications. Modifications to the planned Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) include an emphasis on promoting safety in the research training environment and teaching to the highest practices in biomedical research.

This Notice is being provided to allow potential applicants sufficient time to develop meaningful collaborations and responsive applications.

The FOA is expected to be published before the Spring of 2021 with an expected application due date in Spring 2021.

The FOA will utilize the T34 activity code.

Research Initiative Details

This funding opportunity aims to develop a diverse pool of undergraduates who complete their baccalaureate degree, and transition into and complete biomedical, research-focused higher degree programs (e.g., Ph.D. or M.D./Ph.D.). This FOA provides support to eligible, domestic institutions to develop and implement effective, evidence-based approaches to biomedical training and mentoring that will keep pace with the rapid evolution of the research enterprise. NIGMS expects that the proposed research training programs will incorporate didactic, research, mentoring, and career development elements to prepare trainees for the completion of research-focused higher degree programs in biomedical fields. 

 For diversity-enhancing programs, NIGMS recognizes separate institutional eligibility tracks: research-intensive, i.e., those with an average of NIH research project grant (RPG) funding greater than or equal to $7.5 million total costs over the past 3 fiscal years; and research-active, i.e., those with an average of RPG funding less than $7.5 million total costs over the past 3 fiscal years (RPG data are available through NIH RePORT). For example, prospective applicants for this funding opportunity in FY 2021 should review their RPG funding for FYs 2018, 2019, and 2020 to determine eligibility. Institutional eligibility for this FOA is limited to baccalaureate degree-granting research-active institutions.

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Anticipated Eligible Organizations
Public/State Controlled Institution of Higher Education
Private Institution of Higher Education
Nonprofit with 501(c)(3) IRS Status (Other than Institution of Higher Education)
Indian/Native American Tribal Government (Federally Recognized)
Indian/Native American Tribally Designated Organization (Native American tribal organizations (other than Federally recognized tribal governments)
U.S. Territory or Possession
Indian/Native American Tribal Government (Other than Federally Recognized)

Applications are not being solicited at this time. 


Please direct all inquiries to:

Anissa J. Brown, Ph.D.
National Institute of General Medical Sciences

Edgardo Falcón-Morales, Ph.D.
National Institutes of General Medical Sciences

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